Coast Guard rescues fishing boat in violent Alaska waters

CBS News – 06/11/2015 The crew of an Alaska fishing boat is safe after a dramatic rescue at sea. Coast Guard video shows the four men plunging into the six-foot seas from the sinking boat near Alaska’s Lituya Bay, CBS News’ Elaine Quijano reports. As the ship’s crew dealt with Alaska’s extreme environment, something on …

2015 Halibut bycatch limit significantly reduced in Bering Sea

Associated Press, June 8, 2015 JUNEAU — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is asking pollock and cod trawlers in the Bering Sea to cut halibut bycatch by a fourth. Sunday afternoon’s 6-3 vote didn’t give halibut fisherman the 41-percent reduction they wanted and frustrated trawlers targeting other fish who say they’ve voluntarily put measures in place …

New Oregon fishing regs could open Hyatt and Howard Prairie in winter

By Mark Freeman, Mail Tribune June 10. 2015 9:57AM Hyatt and Howard Prairie lakes could become year-round fishing spots, and special rules for largemouth bass in Applegate Lake could disappear under new plans to simplify Oregon’s often confusing and inconsistent trout and warmwater fishing rules. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is in the midst …

U.S Plans Columbia River Treaty Talks To Push Environmental Issues.

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Washington Bureau June 10, 2015 WASHINGTON — After a long delay, the Obama administration has signaled that it’s ready to launch talks with Canada to renew the 51-year-old Columbia River Treaty, a controversial pact that created dams for electricity and flood control in the Pacific Northwest. But there will be one big …

Feds release new plans to protect Snake River sockeye

Associated Press – June 08, 2015  BOISE — Federal authorities have released their final recovery plan for Snake River sockeye salmon, a species that teetered on the brink of extinction in the early 1990s. Authorities say the plan released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will create a self-sustaining population of sockeye over the next …

Columbia River Closes to Spring Chinook

Portland, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have reached a joint decision to close the Columbia River to fishing for spring Chinook salmon. Jim Unsworth, director of WDFW, stated in an email to the AP this morning that these actions …

NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations

Coordinating with Coast Guard for safe shipping route from Unimak Pass through Bering Strait March 17, 2015 NOAA survey ships and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy are coordinating transits to and from the Arctic, to collect depth measurements along the proposed shipping corridor. (Credit: NOAA) As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, NOAA is taking …